Streetsville was developed by Timothy Street, who was originally an American frontiersman and Loyalist. In 1821 he built a 5 to 6-metre high dam diagonally across the Credit River just north of where Main Street meets the river. His water powered grist and saw mills along with his distillery, carding mill, and tannery supported the rapid growth of the population in this fertile area.
Many of the buildings that now line Queen Street date back to the mid-1800s when Streetsville was the commercial and social centre of the surrounding lands. Streetsville's first store, Montreal House, at Queen and Pearl, is still in use as is its second store, now a pizza restaurant, diagonally across the intersection. As it was a day's coach ride from Toronto, it had several taverns, hotels and inns and a few of those buildings still remain in use today. I frequently enjoy a pleasant stroll through this unique village and take advantage of some of its fine shops and restaurants.